Runaway crime in T&T is on the rise but the government does not appear to have a clue as to how to curb it. Every day there are murders, robberies and now the dreaded kidnapping has returned and the government’s response is inept.
I was happy to read the enlightening views of Gerard Semper, an uncle of slain pharmacist David Rahaman who was gunned down outside his home in St James last Saturday night. (Newsday- Murders out of Control-10/01/22). Semper rightfully observed that citizens are seeing many prospering from criminal activities and they think that they can do the same without being caught and convicted.
The reality is that the institutions of state that are supposed to monitor and curb criminal activities have failed and crime has now become the norm. Despite this, most appear to be contented to drive their SUVs in heavy traffic to and from work, not bothering to know if we are making a positive difference in the justice system…a kind of numb existence… happy to fill the day with laughter and ole talk.
In the said article the Commissioner of Police, McDonald Jacob, was quoted: “We intend to focus a lot in that area because around 60 percent of our murders are gang-related.” This intent is not new to most citizens. It is now public knowledge that every police and past CoP are aware of the statistics over the years but to date have failed to manifest any results. I would not be surprised to hear a CoP expressing similar intent a decade from now!
The reality is that a culture of dysfunctional families has been plaguing society for decades, and to date, nothing has been done to arrest this social cancer. Any outsider would be perplexed to see the high display of religious fervor living side by side with robbers, murderers and vagrants swarming the city of Port of Spain and little to nothing is being done to remedy the situation. Without a doubt, there must be a disconnect between what we profess and how we act!
The recent pronouncements of Gregory Aboud, President of DOMA, at the launch of a book by Brian Stone last Saturday made me wonder if it was April Fool’s Day. His expressed concerns for transparency and integrity in public life were definitely laughable if not hypocritical.
The corruption that is so rampant in our society since the 1960s could not have been possible without some businesses working hand and glove with politicians to defraud the exchequer. Why the protests against the governing of the country are coming so late after the oil and gas have depleted? With the treasury empty and the people of south and east Port of Spain hungry, there are all the reasons for Gerard Aboud.to sound the alarm.
Agriculture is being beaten down by the government after government to facilitate the food importers. The dairy, coconut, and sugar industries were deliberately destroyed to give a privileged few an advantage in the market.
CEPEP and URP have been glamorized to entrench a ghetto bling culture. The school system is deliberately undermined to produce graduates who are only qualified for work as cashiers and servers in food chains, department stores, and supermarkets.
Kids growing up and seeing their parents trapped in this social prison would certainly desire a way out. Realizing that they have reached dead ends- trapped with low education, no skill, and parents who have no assets or savings to help them to start a business, they devalue their lives.
No skills to earn handsomely, these young boys are intent on accumulating some wealth and they became desperate and vicious like a cat cornered in a room with no outlet to escape.
None can deny that it is a matter of months for a repeat of 1971 and 1990 to implode on our faces. The President of DOMA, Gregory Aboud, has all the reasons to be worried. The writings are on the wall!